In 2002 two teams challenged each other to run and swim 75km over 26 islands in the Stockholm archipelago. The rules were simple: the last team had to drink and pay for the rounds at the bars lining the route.
From this beginning the sport of swimrun was born. Events take place on trail and in open water; teams race in pairs wearing a wetsuit and trainers, transitioning seamlessly between running stages and swimming stages.
Breca is a character from the Old English epic poem Beowulf. In a seven-day swimming race across icy, windswept seas Breca is victorious over the eponymous hero; a defeat that Beowulf only acknowledges as he had stopped to fight sea monsters during the match.
The author amalgamates British and Scandinavian cultures in the poem. The story takes place in 6th century Denmark and Sweden and is culturally Scandinavian, but the poem is written in Old English and was composed in England.
This is the approach Breca has brought to Swimrun: creating exceptional swimrun experiences with a distinctly British flavour whilst paying tribute to the sport's Scandinavian origins. Whilst sea monsters will be lacking from our races, the events will nevertheless be a true test of strength and endurance against the challenges of open-water and trail. The Breca Swimrun team have experience in events ranging from 50 - 100 mile ultramarathons, multi-sport adventure races, the Mongol Derby, ÖTILLÖ and the Transylvanian Bear Race. We understand what makes a great event.